It’s been awhile since I’ve written about The Biggest Loser, and as many of you know, it’s been back on TV for the past few weeks. Overall, I really do enjoy watching it since for the most part, it is a positive, uplifting reality show about people making positive changes in their lives.

What I don’t like is how they work out so darned much, so much and so hard that I just don’t believe it’s realistic for the everyday person to emulate. Now I’m not a personal trainer, and they do have a disclaimer at the end of the show stating that each person is under medical care (so they aren’t supposed to be endangering the contestants), however I just don’t see their workouts translating to “real life”.

I’ve found an interesting read by Becky who describes the Biggest Loser as losing weight in “fantasy land”. In her post, she outlines her thoughts on the “good and bad” aspects of the show:

  • Forcing change – (bad) It rarely lasts in the long run.
  • Motivation – (good) You can gain some motivation from the show, which is why I still watch the show. 🙂
  • 5 hour long workouts – (bad) You can’t compete with that in “real life”, however if you realize that’s just a part of the show, you can still take some motivation away from it.

The most important point that Becky makes is the fact that the show can come across as promoting the thought that by forcing yourself to lose the weight, your issues will be resolved. If you are like me and have had your ups and downs with successful weight loss followed by regaining and then even losing again, you know that there just isn’t a magical cure for your overweight. Yes, diet and exercise have their place, but you must heal the cause of your overeating instead of focusing only on the symptom (your overweight) with diet and exercise.

Please know that I’m not bashing The Biggest Loser, I honestly do think it has some great qualities and can help motivate you (it helps motivate me to work out). It would be an awesome show if they included the healing of the cause of overeating instead of focusing only on the diet and exercise, which again only addresses the symptom of the problem. I guess that would be a “Dr. Phil for food abusers”, and it might not get top ratings because it wouldn’t have the drama of the team competitions that The Biggest Loser has.

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What do you think? Do you gain motivation from The Biggest Loser, or have you lost interest in the show?

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